The offensive line is one area that fans of Ohio State have felt is a recruiting priority this year.
Coming into this recruiting year, we all looked at the offensive line situation at OSU and knew that it could use some help. However, back in the summertime, fans were wondering where that help would come from.
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Then came the OSU senior camp, where we saw players like Rob Sims emerge and earn a scholarship offer. Rob committed to Ohio State shortly after receiving that offer, providing an answer to the head-scratching question of who OSU would get to help with the offensive line.
For Rob, it didn't start out that way as Ohio State didn't seem to have a great amount of interest in him. "Before attending camp, I was frustrated at my situation with OSU," Rob said. "I didn't know if they wanted me where other schools made it clear." However, everything changed at the camp. "At camp, I think I did well, and now I appreciate the time that OSU took because it made me work for something I wanted and wasn't just handed to me. This made me feel like I was wanted, and when Coach Tressel offered, I felt like that had to be the place for me."
Rob also feels that playing for the home state team and being a part of the OSU tradition is special. "The first thing that's special to me about playing at OSU is the tradition -- it ties me to former great players that have played there in the past. I was also born and raised in Ohio and will always love to support my state." Rob also likes the OSU coaches, saying "I think that the Ohio State football coaches are honest and they seem to care about more than just my play on the field." Rob was also looking at Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Michigan State before picking OSU.
Rob attends Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio, which is up in Northeast Ohio, south of the Cleveland area. Nordonia had a tough year, going 3-7, but Rob felt he improved upon his personal performance last year, especially considering how he had to switch positions. "My senior season as an offensive tackle was a big improvement from my least year," Rob said. "I went from guard to tackle and it was a big adjustment, but I got it down pretty quick." That improvement was evident in the numbers, as rob says he went from 25 pancake blocks last year to 60 pancake blocks this year. Rob also played defense, but he did not get to make as many plays. "Defensively, I think I played decent, but I didn't have many chances at the ball because I was often double-teamed and teams did not look to run to my position of end."
Rob lists his strengths as a player as "quickness off the ball, my strength, and playing smart," but it seems like he feels like he is not easily satisfied as when asked what parts of his game he needs to work on, he answered "Never being satisfied with my performance." Rob also lists his endurance as something to work on as well as the fact that he's never had the opportunity to concentrate on his offensive game only as he has always had to play both ways.
Rob comes from great bloodlines as his father Mickey Sims was an NFL player for the Cleveland Browns in the late 1970s. One would think that Rob would pick up lots of pointers from his father for his on-the-field performance, but Rob points out that it goes beyond football. "More than anything, my father has taught me how to be a man on and off the field," Rob said. "He always encourages me to do my best and always have fun."
Team play is always crucial in football, and Rob says that is the aspect of the game he enjoys. "Myself, I like making a huge pancake block or protecting my quarterback, but in general, I like that you have to depend on everybody on the field to get the job done, and if that is accomplished, then you can call yourselves a great team." And as it turns out, Rob hopes to see nothing less than a great team while he's playing for OSU. "Personally, I am looking forward to playing with the other recruits and some of the veterans such as Adrien Clarke on the offensive line," Rob said, "Team-wise, I have a goal that OSU will be contending for a National Championship in the next few years." Now that's one thing that OSU fans definitely like to hear!
Rob is a great addition to this Buckeye team on and off the field. He will be an instrumental part of the offensive line in the future. And who knows... maybe Rob will reach that goal of a national championship while he's at OSU. I think we speak for everyone when we say that we hope Rob reaches that goal!
Special thanks to Rob and the Sims family for the great interview.